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July 23, 2007

"A really bad case of 'reality,' " Opinion, July 20

Just when you think the left can't get any more vacuous, along comes Rosa Brooks. The left has switched from blaming America for 9/11 to "terrorists got lucky." How convenient. Brooks suffers from quite a case of historical amnesia; they got "lucky" with the Khobar Towers, the Cole and the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania -- as well as the first World Trade Center attack in 1993. What was Bill Clinton's reaction? A wag-the-dog in Bosnia. He basically gave Al Qaeda the green light.

Maybe Brooks can tell the nearly 3,000 9/11 victims that there was no "imminent threat." Oh, that's right, they're not available for a response, are they?

CHERYL MCELROY

Lorain, Ohio

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Muslim terrorists couldn't care less about our "liberty" or our "democracy"; they believe that all non-Muslims are headed to hell anyway. They fight us because we foreigners have, for centuries, been invaders and occupiers of their countries. We have created countries at will (Iraq), propped up "our" dictators and taken their oil. Imagine that King Bush ruled us as a Saudi proxy and that the Saudis controlled our economy. Imagine that there were Saudi military bases across the U.S. and that the Saudis used these bases to attack other countries. Patriotic Americans would also take up arms against the foreign invaders.

Neoconservatives support U.S. domination of other countries not to benefit the peoples of those countries, not to protect "us" from the "enemy," but to ensure and extend the power of the American petroleum-military-industrial oligarchy. We are the invaders. We are the imperialists. We are the bad guys.

KIM IANNONE

West Hills

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